Youth Festival Raises Lots of Money for Skatepark Initiative


On Monday evening Lucie Henwood, Co-Chair of HYF handed over £750 collected during HYF 2014 for it’s charity of the year – the Henley SkatePark Initiative. The handover took place at the existing skate park and was witnessed by some keen future users of the facility, Ethan Pearce, Callum Bullock and Liam Sleet from Gillotts and Sacred Heart schools.

“We were delighted to be able to hand over such a sizeable donation to the skatepark initiative,” explained Lucie. “Most of the money was collected after HYF performances at the Kenton Theatre, Junior Proms at Shiplake College and at the HYF Art Exhibition. We also tried out text donation but it’s fair to say shaking buckets was much more effective!”. Colin Brathwaite, co-ordinator of the skatepark initiative explained the challenges of raising funds for the scheme to the young people and that he hopes the new facility will be built by early 2016 at the latest.

HYF 2015 will take place from Friday 12th March 2015. Parents and backers interested in sponsoring either HYF or the SkatePark Initiative can contact or

Four boys from Valley Road School who have set up a fortnightly Sunday market stall in Market Place have chosen the HSI as their next charity to raise money for.  Sidni Brener, Jesse Brener, Jem McAllister and Danny McAllister have already raised £50 towards the new music room at the school.

Colin Brathwaite said, “The HSI congratulate the boys on their initiative.  It’s brilliant that they’ve decided to donate money towards what will be a fantastic facility for Henley.”

You can donate by text to the HSI.  If someone wants to donate five pounds, they should text ‘HYFT21 £5’ to 70070.



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